We are always interested in finding new places to eat good food on the way to and from the Sierra. Admittedly, we only live a few hours away. But particularly after a long trip, we like to stop and wolf down some food on the way home. And we've found a few places that we really enjoy.
>> We recently stopped at the Cafe at the top of Old Priest Grade, and had a really nice meal. The menu is not extensive (we think that's a good thing---do a few things, and do them well!) but all of them show both talent and care in the kitchen. And the pies at the end of the meal are homemade and delicious. You'll hear conversation about everything from climbing Everest to Grand Opera here! We've added this one to our list of regular stops on our way to and from Yosemite on Highway 120!
>> Kelly's Mountain House in Sugar Pine on Highway 108 is another place we enjoy. Nothing fancy, but pretty honest food and a very reasonably priced wine list. And if their wines are not what you want, they charge a whopping $6 corkage to bring in something else. Burgers top the list here, but the pies are good, too! A perfect stop on your way to and from the Emigrant Wilderness.
We'd love to hear if you have other places that you enjoy on the way in and out of the mountains!